A new survey has found that 20% of children are currently vegans or wish to become vegans in the future.
The poll, conducted by BBC Good Food, found that 8% of children aged 5 to 16 were on a vegan diet and 13% were vegetarians.
15% of the children who participated said they would like to be vegan while 21% wanted to adopt a vegetarian diet.
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1,004 children in this age group participated in the survey between July and August of this year.
The survey also asked children about their feelings about plastic food packaging, with 44% of respondents saying they would like to see a future without plastic packaging on food in 10 years, but only 37% thought that this would happen.
The number of people around the world adopting a plant-based diet has increased dramatically in recent years, with experts attributing the dietary change to a combination of animal welfare, health and environmental reasons.
There are around 600,000 vegans in the UK, according to data from the Vegan Society, and last year half a million record registrations to Veganuary, a 31-day challenge where people go veg for a month. .
Christine Hayes, editor-in-chief of BBC Good Food, said: âIt was fascinating to study children’s eating habits, behaviors and opinions regarding food.
âThe results are revealing and show that far from being picky eaters, kids want to take over the country’s kitchens – cook and prepare meals, try different types of food.
“They are passionate about exploring alternative diets and food production methods that could be more sustainable for the planet.”
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